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Forest Practices District Manager

State of Washington

Colville ,  Washington

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public's interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.

DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.


This position manages the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Northeast Region Forest Practice District. The Northeast Region Forest Practice District Manager is responsible for managing the field and office staff functions necessary to implement Washington State forest practice rules and regulations. By effectively preforming these duties, public and private resources are protected for the long term; benefitting future generation. Program field and office operations reside within Northeast Region and encompass Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and northern portion of Lincoln County. The position duty station is the Northeast Region Office located in Colville, Washington. The position fosters positive working relationships among Forest Practice staff, DNR State Lands and industry staff, tribes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Ecology and others.



  • Knowledge of forest and timber management and silvicultural principles
  • Knowledge of Washington Forest Practice Application process
  • Knowledge of Washington SEPA process, Forest Practice rules, laws and associated agency policies
  • Knowledge of logging and forest road construction practices
  • Knowledge in personnel management principles, merit system rules and employee bargaining agreements
  • Knowledge of agency policies, practices and procedures
  • Skills in oral and written communication
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Experience in assessing training needs and implementation of training plans


  • Bachelor's degree in forest management or other natural resource field
  • Five years of professional experience in land, resources and personnel management
  • Two years of supervisory experience


  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
  • This position will work with forest landowners and operators, cooperators, and the general public - who at times may be angry and upset. 
  • Typical work days Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. However, being flexible around schedule is expected. This position is overtime exempt, and is not represented by a master bargaining agreement. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

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